2015-2016 School of Chinese Seminar
中國東北少數民族語言的現代化 — 以達斡爾語及鄂倫春語為例
New Words for New Times: Linguistic Modernization of Ethnic Minority Languages in the Chinese Northeast with Dagur and Orochen as Case Studies
金由美博士Dr. Loretta E. Kim
School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU
Date and Time: November 13, 2015 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
This study examines the modernization of ethnic minority languages in the People’s Republic of China from the Communist revolution to the turn of the twenty-first century. In particular, it focuses the reforms of Dagur and Orochen, languages of two ethnic minority groups in Northeastern China. The primary objective of this research is to examine how these languages evolved in the mid-to-late twentieth century to include vocabulary that are associated with “modern conveniences” and “modern concepts” (including Marxist-Communist terminology). Pedagogical texts, lexicons, and official documents about minority language policy will be cited as key sources of evidence. Since Dagur and Orochen are not large ethnic groups with substantial literary traditions or media in their own languages, like Tibetans, Mongols, and Koreans, this study will consider why modernization of their languages was deemed necessary after 1949, and how such reforms were introduced during the time period in question. The main innovation of this research is that it will be one of the few works that explore how minority languages have changed rather than remaining “archived” in their pre-1949 forms.
An American of Korean ancestry, Loretta Kim completed her doctoral studies in History at Harvard University and is assistant professor and coordinator of the China Studies program (Arts stream) at the University of Hong Kong School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Her primary research areas include Ming-Qing history, comparative research of borderlands, and Chinese ethnic minority languages and literatures.
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